WILSON'S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- The National Park Service has bought a retired doctor's collection of Civil War memorabilia.
Tom Sweeney was just 12 years old when he got his first war collectible, a relic Colt pocket pistol.
Nearly five decades later, Sweeney boasts a collection of 4,500 Civil War artifacts, everything from a general's sword to soldiers' diaries.
They're housed outside Springfield in General Sweeny's Museum of Civil War History.
On Wednesday, the collection becomes part of the adjacent Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, which will be marking the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek.
The addition came at a price. The park service paid nearly $4.5 million for the museum and the 20 acres it sits on.
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